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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio County green in latest COVID map; Marshall County yellow

West Virginia's latest COVID-19 school map shows Ohio County as green for the coming week while Marshall County is at yellow. All other local counties also are green. For the first time in the past few weeks, there are no counties currently red, meaning increased community transmission. Only ...

State Officials Announce Additional Criteria For School Re-entry Metrics

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state health and education officials detailed Friday additional tweaks to the metrics behind the color-coded map that determines if schools can re-open while also increasing COVID-19 testing opportunities to bring infection numbers down. The daily County ...

Judge Throws Out Cases Challenging School Re-entry Metrics

CHARLESTON — In the first legal test of Gov. Jim Justice’s state of emergency powers, a Kanawha County court rejected a parent’s lawsuit challenging the state’s ability to close down in-person learning using metrics and a color-code system to limit the spread of the COVID-19 ...

West Virginia May Add School-Related Coronavirus Cases to Online Dashboard

CHARLESTON — The state makes COVID-19 infection data available for deaths, hospitalizations, long-term care facilities, and correctional facilities, but some are wondering why neither the Department of Education nor the Department of Health and Human Resources makes data publicly available ...

Perdue: State Doing Financially Well During Pandemic

WHEELING — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says the state’s finances continue to do well during the COVID-19 pandemic, but his office is struggling to get out financial education to the state’s school children. Perdue, who is seeking re-election to his seventh term in office, stopped ...

Ohio County Business Owners Tell Their Pandemic Tale

WHEELING — They’ve struggled to stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now they have filed legal action against state orders financially affecting their business. Several Wheeling businesses last week filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West ...

Free COVID-19 Testing Clinic Held Monday at The Highlands

WHEELING — The Ohio County Health Department conducted a one-day COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic at The Highlands on Monday as coronavirus cases in the county are on the rise. The clinic was in response to a recent state mandate calling for additional testing when a county’s numbers ...

Positive COVID-19 Cases Still Going Up in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The number of infections caused by the novel coronavirus continues its upward climb in West Virginia, but some indicators show the virus might be slowing down. Gov. Jim Justice and state officials gave a COVID-19 briefing Monday at the State Capitol Building. “This is a ...

Salango Sees COVID-19 Getting Worse in W.Va.

WHEELING — West Virginia Democratic nominee for governor Ben Salango sees COVID 19 cases in the state continuing to increase this fall as current leadership sits on $1.25 billion in federal federal sent to West Virginia to help stop spread of the virus. Salango arrived by Humvee Saturday to ...

Ohio County ‘Gold’ in Latest COVID-19 Map

WHEELING — The new COVID-19 school map has been released, and Ohio County is gold, meaning students will be in school four days next week barring enough cases to turn the county red. The school map contradicts the county-level map issued at 10 a.m. Saturday, which showed the county as ...

Wheeling Stabilizes City Finances With CARES Funds

WHEELING — The city of Wheeling has received $3 million in CARES Act reimbursements for municipalities, and the relief funding is being used to help bolster different pillars of the city’s fiscal structure as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact municipal finances. Members of the ...

Candidate Salango Sees COVID-19 Getting Worse for West Virginia

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING -- West Virginia Democratic nominee for governor Ben Salango sees COVID 19 cases in the state continuing to increase this fall as current leadership sits on $1.25 billion in federal federal sent to West Virginia to help stop spread of the ...

Ohio County Businesses, Parents Sue Jim Justice Over Executive Orders

WHEELING — Even though Ohio County is in the gold on the County Alert System color-coded map, a group of local businesses and two unidentified parents are seeing red when it comes to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive orders. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the ...

West Virginia Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing in Hot Spots

CHARLESTON — To encourage more West Virginia residents to get tested for the novel coronavirus and reduce positivity rates in counties, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday multiple testing opportunities in gold, orange and red counties. “Any county that is in orange, red or gold, we really ...